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AUK Writing Center Staff Members Attend Conference in Florida

In October, Members from AUK's Learning Support Services attended The Wonderful World of Writing Centers, a conference organized by the International Writing Centers Association & National Conference on Peer tutoring in Writing (IWCA/ NCPTW) in Orlando, Florida, to explore new trends in the tutoring and writing center communities and develop ideas for research. The AUK team attended around 40 sessions and had the opportunity to meet their peers from around the world. Hanouf Al Juhail, Assistant Director of Learning Support Services at AUK, was one of the people to participate in the conference. She explained that after attending the conference she has become eager to implement some of the techniques she picked up from there in AUK's LSS units. Hala Botros, AUK's Writing Center's Academic Support Specialist, attended the conference with Hanouf. "It has been an eye-opening and rewarding experience for me. It increased my knowledge of the different roles writing centers have in shaping their communities and promoting literacy".

The Writing Center at the American University of Kuwait promotes an understanding of writing as a way of thinking, learning, and communicating. The Writing Center hosts one-on-one consultations where students, staff, and faculty explore ideas through the written word in both English and Arabic. Students visiting the Writing Center for help at any stage of their writing receive a sounding board for their ideas, a voice of conscience for their sentence-level transgressions, and a reader's response to their writing. The Writing Center's overarching goal is to inspire a love for reading and writing in the AUK community.

From left: Hala Botros and Hanouf Al Juhail

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 8th December 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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